The primary mission of SLED Narcotics is to provide quality assistance to local and federal law enforcement agencies in many areas of drug enforcement. Our highly trained agents seek to identify, disrupt, and dismantle drug trafficking organizations through the use of physical/technical surveillance, intelligence gathering/sharing, and networking with law enforcement agencies around the state.
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Alcohol Enforcement Agents investigate possible violations of beer/wine/liquor laws and regulations. Agents are not limited in their law enforcement authority but are directly responsible for enforcing criminal laws pertaining to alcohol regulation and illegal gaming in South Carolina. Agents in this section conduct licensed location inspections, unlicensed location investigations as well as compliance checks utilizing underage cooperating individuals (UCI).
To report a complaint, please contact SLED Alcohol Enforcement at 803.896.5591 or complete the complaint form below.
Criminal Laws – Alcohol Enforcement Agents are directly responsible for the enforcement of criminal laws related to alcohol and illegal gambling. South Carolina Criminal Statues relating to these specific areas can be found within the South Carolina Code of Laws. SC Code of Laws Title 61 - https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/title61.php and Title 16 - https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/title16.php
Administrative Violations – In addition to criminal laws, businesses who sell alcoholic beverages under a license issued by the SC Department of Revenue are subject to administrative rules that regulate alcohol and the locations at which alcohol is sold and/or consumed. Violations of criminal laws are a matter overseen by a criminal court. Administrative rule violations are investigated by agents, however, the disposition of those violations (i.e. fines, penalties, license suspensions, or license revocation) is determined by the SC Department of Revenue or an Administrative Judge.
SC Alcohol Administrative Regulations Chapter 7- Alcoholic Beverages, Beer and Wine https://www.scstatehouse.gov/coderegs/statmast.php
Gambling – Included within the Alcohol Enforcement Agents duties are illegal gambling investigations. The South Carolina Constitution prohibits lotteries (except those conducted by the state) and games of chance, with few exceptions. SC Code of Laws Title 16 – Chapter 19 https://www.scstatehouse.gov/code/title16.php
Tastings – Locations licensed through the SC Department of Revenue can hold/host tastings under specific guidelines detailed at https://dor.sc.gov/tax/abl/faq. To notify SLED of a planned tasting, please email email@example.com
Alcohol Licensing Agents conduct investigations in conjunction with rules and regulations set forth by the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR). Citizens apply for alcohol licenses with SCDOR. Alcohol Licensing Agents receive those applications from SCDOR and investigate the proposed location and applicant in order to verify compliance with the SCDOR’s set requirements. Once the investigation is complete, SLED Alcohol Licensing Agents submit the results of the investigation to SCDOR. The Department of Revenue reviews the investigation, and based upon SCDOR’s evaluation the application is denied or a license is issued.
In 2012, the South Carolina Legislature developed and enacted Trafficking in Persons statutes. Within the SC Code of Laws encompassing crimes largely known as “Human Trafficking”, the Legislature mandated the SC Attorney General ‘establish an interagency task force to develop and implement a State Plan for the Prevention of Trafficking in Persons.’ Among the partners listed to contribute to this plan is the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.
Agents trained to investigate Human Trafficking related crimes are assigned to the Alcohol Enforcement and Vice Services Section. These Agents investigate Human Trafficking complaints/referrals from the SC Department of Juvenile Justice, SC Attorney General’s Office, and the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Agents also partner with local and federal law enforcement agencies across South Carolina to combat these crimes.
Lottery Agents are primarily involved in the enforcement of SC Code of Laws 59-150-260A as it pertains to the South Carolina Education Lottery (S.C.E.L.). The Agents work in conjunction with the Director of Security at the S.C.E.L and answer complaints throughout South Carolina. The cases focus on the theft of and attempted redemption of tickets including the attempted cashing of altered tickets. These complaints come to SLED through the S.C.E.L. Director of Security.
Tobacco Enforcement Agents enforce tobacco tax laws of South Carolina. Agents inspect retail locations to ensure the cigarettes within locations are listed on the Tobacco Directory published by the SC Attorney General’s Office. The Tobacco Directory is a list of tobacco product manufacturers and tobacco products that are in compliance with the Escrow Fund Act and the Tobacco Escrow Fund Enforcement Act. The Tobacco Directory is updated on the 1st and 15th of each month.